Church Birth: In 2003, Christopher and Lydia Torres were attending a leadership conference at Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was during this powerful time that God used Reverend John Chandler Cleveland and instructed him to anoint them both into the pastoral ministry. Initially, Chris and Lydia did not want to accept this call and for the next ten years they offered their gifts and talents to further other ministries and develop their own, which included a powerful marriage ministry. All the while God continued to work on their hearts and patiently prepare them until He gave the order that the time to respond to His call to service had come. Out of God’s faithful prompting and perfect timing, Restoring Life Church was established on September 29, 2013. His great to service became realized. Glory to His name!
Vision Statement: Restoring Life Church is committed to leading God’s creation to Christ so that these lives can be reborn and restored by God’s power and love. Restoring Life Church believes that God’s people must be taught the complete Word of God in a supportive, healing, and empowering environment. Restoring Life Church believes that by doing this, God’s people will grow spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually so that they, in turn, can exercise the many gifts and talents God has given them. Restoring Life Church believes that this is the only way that people can reach their full potential in God, participate in His plan, spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and help lead others to reconciliation and restoration.
Mission Statement: By creating an environment where people are learning, growing, and developing spiritually, God’s people will be fully equipped to positively impact the needs in their communities.
Strategies for Attainment of Goals: Restoring Life Church believes in a breadth of methods and strategies to bring God’s vision to light:
- Provide profound, biblical instruction to prepare people spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually to perform God’s work.
- Create opportunities for God’s people to identify, develop, and use the gifts of the Holy Spirit given to them and achieve God’s purpose through participation in ministries inside and outside the church.
- Allow God’s people the freedom to create Christ-inspired, Spirit-filled, biblically-sound walks that are purposeful and responsive to God’s instruction for the needs of congregants, the community, and the world.
- Create positive, enduring relationships among the children of God and those in need of God.
- Prayer, fasting, and righteous living.
Unique Restoring Life Church Features: Restoring Life Church believes that all pastors and church organizations must be of the highest integrity. Accordingly, Restoring Life Church has built into its by-laws the following safeguards to ensure the protection of God’s people:
- Requirements that RLC leaders satisfy biblical standards for leadership. RLC’s bylaws require the following of its leadership:
“The qualifications for Pastor shall be consistent with those in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9. Anointing, integrity, wisdom, skill, experience, and training are needed in this area of leadership. The Pastor shall (a) have been openly called into ministry, (b) be recognized by the Trustees and members as anointed by God, (c) evidence gifts of the Spirit as provided in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, (d) maintain the highest level of integrity in all aspects of life, (e) be at least 35 years of age, (f) possess a minimum education of a four-year college degree from an accredited college or university, (g) successfully meet the responsibilities of the position, and (h) be unanimously affirmed as qualified for leadership of the Church by the Accountability Board on an annual basis. There may be no more than two Pastors so long as they are husband and wife, as man and woman, and their marriage is (1) united and faithful as provided in Malachi 2:15, Matthew 19:4-6, and 1 Corinthians 7:2-5, (2) loving as provided in 1 Corinthians 13:1-7, and (3) fruitful as evidenced by Galatians 5:22. Should the Pastor be married, his or her marriage must meet the marriage requirements.”
- An independent accountability board that monitors the integrity and performance of RLC’s leadership.
- Financial transparency in which RLC financial information is shared with RLC members.
- Requirement that RLC give an annual tithe to support domestic and international missions.